Marzamemi: what to see, where to eat and what to do in the evening

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Located near the town of Pachino, in the province of Syracuse, Marzamemi is the small hamlet of eastern Sicily where everything is inextricably linked to the sea.
Ideal for a summer vacation, the small town it is picturesque, with its colorful views, the characteristic houses of the fishermen, the marinas, the small islands and the numerous restaurants and clubs where you can meet the true taste of the sea, always with a privileged view of the Ionian Sea and its crystal clear waters.
Famous the history of the Tonnara which over the centuries has undermined the life of fishermen, and which you can admire right in the center of the town, in Piazza Regina Margherita, where everything is born and moves within the small and splendid village. Here's what to see, where to eat and what to do in the evening in Marzamemi.


  1. 10 things to see in Marzamemi in a weekend
  2. What to see in Marzamemi in one day: recommended itinerary
  3. Where to eat in Marzamemi: the best restaurants
  4. What to do in the evening: the nightlife areas and the best clubs in Marzamemi
  5. Plan your stay in Marzamemi: info and useful tips
  6. User questions and comments

10 things to see in Marzamemi in a weekend

1 - Church of San Francesco da Paola

Located in the central square of the town, Piazza Regina Margherita, the patron's church of Marzamemi, was built in 1950. The original building, born together with the Tonnata complex, was seriously damaged during the bombings of the Second World War, therefore it is now in disuse.
The church is built with sandstone, the typical material of the place, is in gothic style, has white walls and inside there is a High Altar, as well as a Gothic vault that recalls the exterior. It stands exactly opposite the old church.

  • in the main square, about 350 meters on foot from the Marzamemi Centro car park, Via Corrado Montoneri - Get directions
  • 09: 00 / 19: 00
  • free

2 - Tonnara of Marzamemi

The tonnara is the structure of great historical importance, not only for the village, but also for the whole of Sicily; in the past centuries, in fact, this structure was the most important in the eastern area of ​​the island. It stands in Piazza Regina Margherita, is built in sandstone and on the façade you can distinguish the coat of arms of the Nicolaci family, which took care of the activities of the Tonnara from the mid-700th century.
Currently the building cannot be visited, but it is possible to organize receptions, weddings, gala dinners and conventions in the Loggia, a huge hall of 750 square meters, formerly used as a shelter for boats.
Nell 'Palazzo Villadorata building, built in Baroque style, it is also possible to organize extra-luxury ceremonies, also using the beautiful panoramic terrace of 250 square meters, from which to admire the beautiful Marzamemi.

  • 210 meters from the Marzamemi Centro car park, 2 min walk from Piazza Regina Margherita - Get directions
  • accessible for receptions, crimes, conventions, weddings
  • free

3 - Nature reserve oriented to the Vendicari Faunal Oasis

Between Marzamemi and Noto there is this natural reserve, extended over 1.512 hectares, it is a very important site, both from a naturalistic and historical point of view.

Several species of migratory birds live in the reserve, there is one establishment used for fishing activities, as well as a small necropolis from the Hellenistic period.
Among the birds that can be seen there are flamingos, storks, gulls, and many others depending on the migratory season.
In addition to birdwatching, the environments of the reserve offer activities of snokerling and excursions. Possibility of parking just outside the reserve.

  • 22 min drive from Marzamemi Centro car park - Get directions
  • 08: 00 / 19: 00
  • free

4 - San Lorenzo beach

On the border with the Vendicari Nature Reserve, this famous beach extends. It is consisting of a rocky part, near the reserve and fine white sand to the south. L'sea ​​water is turquoise and crystal clear and the seabed is relatively shallow, very suitable for children too. Along the beach it is possible to find various services that allow tourists to enjoy relaxation without sacrificing comfort.

  • 9 minutes by car from the Marzamemi Centro car park - Get directions
  • always accessible
  • free

5 - Spinazza beach

Among the small and large beauties of the village this beach undoubtedly appears, located north of the marina, where you will find a expanse of golden sand and a sea of ​​bluer shades. Once you reach the sea, you can choose between parts of the free beach and well-equipped beaches, where all comforts are guaranteed.

  • 750 meters from the Marzamemi Centro car park, and 1 km from Piazza Regina Margherita - Get directions
  • always accessible
  • free

6 - Port of Balata

Largo Balata is a sort of rectangular and natural harbor, very fascinating as it is paved with limestone slabs, bordered by the sea that bathes it and by various characteristic houses. It sure is one of the most beautiful views of the village and in the summer it becomes the venue for events and shows.

From the marina you can admire the two islands of Marzamemi, theSmall Island, a burgundy-colored villa stands out, owned by the Brancati family, which is why the place is also known as Isola Brancati and theBig Island, which is connected to the mainland by a long pier.
The other natural harbor is called the Fossa, both of which once represented the main departure point for commercial ships traveling from eastern Sicily.

  • 350 meters from the Marzamemi Centro car park and 160 meters from Piazza Regina Margherita - Get directions
  • always accessible
  • free

7 - Calamosche beach

About 16 km north of Marzamemi, near the nature reserve oriented to the wildlife oasis, is the "most beautiful beach in Italy" according to the 2005 Legambiente Blue Guide.
The beach it is inserted in a very particular natural context: surrounded by two rocky promontories, the water in this stretch of coast is always calm and the vegetation that frames it is vivid and varied. There are no bathing establishments, therefore it is necessary to equip yourself independently and appropriately, but without exaggerating: after leaving the car at the parking lot (€ 3,00 all day) you need to travel a 1,5 km long road before reaching the bay.

  • 24 minutes by car from the Marzamemi Centro car park - Get directions
  • always accessible
  • free

8 - Morghella beach

Located between Marzamemi and Porto Palo di Capo Passero, this beach extends into an inlet and is characterized by fine golden sand and crystal clear water.

The summer beach is crowded with tourists and are set up different bathing facilities, where it is possible to rent various equipment to make the most of the seabed and natural beauty offered in this corner bathed by the Ionian Sea. The particularity of this beach is also given by the seabed, which are already quite deep even near the shore.

  • 9 minutes by car from the Marzamemi Centro car park - Get directions
  • always accessible
  • free

9 - Portopalo di Capo Passero

Continuing south from Marzamemi, you reach the southernmost point of Sicily, that is a charming seaside village. Here you will enjoy a beautiful sunset lie down on the golden sand of Scalo Mandrie, from where you will see the famous local Tonnara. Or reach the island of Capo Passero, not far from the shore of the town and reachable by canoe or fishing boats. Here stands the famous Fortress, built in limestone and dating back to 1500.

  • 15 minutes by car from Marzamemi - Get directions
  • always accessible
  • free

10 - Known

Not far from Marzamemi it is possible to visit b, one of the most beautiful cities in Sicily, reachable in less than 40 minutes by car.

Il Old Town of the city was included among the assets of UNESCO heritage: this is more than enough reason to go and visit it.
In Noto you will be greeted by Port Royal, an arch built in the 800th century and which decrees the entrance to the city, where you can visit themajestic Church of Santa Chiara, go up to the panoramic terrace of the former convent of the Poor Clares, enter the baroque symbol par excellence, the Cathedral of Noto, dating back to the '700.
And then elegant buildings, historic streets and welcoming squares will complete your tour in the Baroque era.

  • 39 minutes by car from Marzamemi - Get directions
  • always accessible
  • free

What to see in Marzamemi in one day: recommended itinerary

Begin your tour in the splendid village by having breakfast in the welcoming Panificio Migliore 2, where you cannot fail to taste one of the Sicilian specialties: brioche and very fresh granita. Now continue towards the central Piazza Regina Margherita, here you can admire the complex of buildings of the historic Tonnara di Marzamemi, with the elegant Villadorata Palace, surrounded by the characteristic fishermen's houses. Enter the small church of Saint Francis of Paola, placed in front of the ruins of the old homonymous structure that frames the square. For lunch, take a seat on the terrace of the Arab courtyard restaurant, where you can enjoy excellent fish.
In the afternoon, move to one of the beautiful beaches that Sicily enjoys, then head towards Vendicari and relax by the sea on the San Lorenzo beach, which is located close to the Natural Reserve.
For dinner you just have to eat in the Terrazza Vendicari restaurant, where you can end the day surrounded by nature and with the suggestive view of the Sicilian sea.

One day itinerary at a glance

  1. Breakfast at Best Bakery 2 - Get directions
  2. Piazza Regina Margherita
  3. Palazzo Villadorata - not open to the inside
  4. Tonnara di Marzamemi - not open to visitors inside
  5. Lunch at Arabic Courtyard Restaurant - Get directions
  6. Vendicari, San Lorenzo beach
  7. Dinner at Terrazza Vendicari - Get directions

Where to eat in Marzamemi: the best restaurants

  1. The slaughter of Marzamemi: restaurant that in addition to typical fish dishes offers a great variety of wood-fired pizza
    Average price per person: € 18,00
    Address and contacts: via Sebastiano Fortuna, 75 (Get directions) / tel: 3286588369
  2. Taverna La Cialoma: fish and meat cuisine in a colorful and characteristic family-run location
    Average price per person: € 28,00
    Address and contacts: via Regina Margherita 23 (Get directions) / tel: 0931841772
  3. The Landing: cuisine based on fish a few steps from the sea
    Average price per person: € 25,00
    Address and contacts: viale Paolo Calleri, 25 (Get directions) / tel: 0931841385

What to do in the evening: the nightlife areas and the best clubs in Marzamemi

The nightlife in Marzamemi is mainly located in the clubs that fill the alleys around the central Piazza Regina Margherita. The choice is very wide, from lounge bars to pubs with live music, up to the most refined and refined clubs.

In particular, the Frontier Film Festival is organized during the month of July, an important film festival that involves and animates the small village of Marzamemi even more, attracting tourists and cinema lovers from all over the world.

The best pubs, clubs and discos

  • Blasè Beach Marzamemi: one of the most exclusive clubs in the country, located in front of the Little Island and specializing in typical dishes, theme nights and DJ sets until dawn / Address: Viale Paolo Calleri - Get directions
  • Calamarò Portodimare: typical and very popular place, specializing in aperitifs with DJ sets and Caribbean themed evenings / Address: Largo Balata, 16 - Get directions
  • Iolanda Lounge Boat Marzamemi: a place where you can enjoy an aperitif on board a boat that has been adapted and moored at the Port of Balata / Address: 96018 Marzamemi SR - Get directions

Plan your stay in Marzamemi: info and useful tips

  • the local airport is that of Catania, 100 km away, less than 2 hours by car. From Pachino (SR) it is 2 km away, connected by a provincial road, 10 minutes by car
  • Getting around: the village has very small dimensions, so it is possible to move freely on foot. For the movements in the surrounding areas it is recommended to use a car.
  • Where to park: just outside the center of Marzamemi there are several areas where you can park, the rates vary from € 3,00 to € 5,00 and the parking is usually valid for the whole day.
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 70,00 per room -
  • What to see in the surroundings: the suggestive Spiaggia Pietre Nere di Pozzallo, about 33 km (Get directions), the archaeological area of ​​Cava d'Ispica (Get directions) and the wonderful Bosco di Santo Pietro Nature Reserve in Caltagirone, located 120 km (Get directions) directions)

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